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Bahnfasern

Everyone’s familiar with the phenomenon — even if the Dutch Railways were to impose fines on passengers for leaving rubbish on the train, there will still be quite some newspapers, bottles and cans left behind by other passengers that will need to be disposed of. It was this rather unpleasant and typical everyday situation that inspired the artist Loukia Richards to create her unique project.


For her project she will embark on a “waste safari” together with other participants. On the trip between Münster and Enschede, they will travel by train and collect the waste left by passengers made of textile, paper and plastic. During this creative session, the local history and myths about textiles will be discussed and interpreted. In the subsequent workshops, the participants will learn how to process the materials they find into fibres. And with these fibres, they will knit, embroider, weave, crochet and sew a carpet. In this way the arts project Bahnfasern zu Grenzverbindungen combines textile with social networks, upcycling with communication, and participatory art with local history.


The participants will play a major role in the project. The finished artwork will remain the property of the border communities, as proof of their creative collaboration. The project therefore studies the borders between skills, age and gender – everyone can take part in the arts project. But it is also a train project that interweaves borders and art.

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